Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Battles

If you are a reader of my blog for some time you know about Fred and Ethel. They return every year to their spot on the river around St. Patrick's Day...usually 2 to 3 days after.  We built their home about 8 years ago because they wanted to make home on the top of my husband's boat and that could not be allowed.  One of the earlier posts on their nest building event that year is here.  

Fred and Ethel are our resident osprey, if you have not guessed.  Our nesting site cost about $300 to build, so we were quite serious in getting them to nest somewhere else.  They have visited for at least ten years now.  

The male has arrived today and is waiting for his mate.  They vacation in separate areas which probably contributes to their longstanding relationship.   But upon his arrival he found this:




   I was wondering what on earth these Canada geese were thinking!  But they came, rearranged some sticks and then the female started to rest there during the day.



Sometimes one would fly down for a swim while the other waited in the nest spot.  Then at other times one would sit and one would watch.



Today Fred arrived and perched on the mast overlooking his former home.



The geese were certainly concerned and began to hunker down.  Soon Fred made his presence known.



He is smaller but has talons and a sharp bill.



This went on for some time with him calling in his sharp voice and then sweeping over the tops of the cowering geese.  Fred does not like my presence from past altercations so he finally left to the far side of the river.  





I am pretty sure this is not the end of the battle and that he will be back.  His mate should arrive in a few days, and maybe, he is just waiting for reinforcements.  Such drama on my spot in the river!

13 comments:

joeh said...

I've never heard of geese nesting up high. I think when Ethel shows up they will move, but geese are pretty tough. Great photos!! I'm sure we have not heard the last of this.

Studio Maywyn said...

Wha tha!? Those Geese have a lot of nerve! I'd call the wildlife folks to have them moved.

Red said...

Awesome photos and story. I would bet on the geese!

Marie Smith said...

Such excitement. Love it! Keep us posted!

messymimi said...

Maybe it's time to build another nest.

The Furry Gnome said...

That really is a spring battle!

Linda Reeder said...

What an awesome thing to witness! Please do keep us posted.

Celia said...

Amazing. I guess the housing shortage is everywhere.

ellen abbott said...

great photos, especially those last two! and how exciting to have a front row seat.

Mage said...

This is far more interesting than the Trump furies.

thelma said...

Agree with Mage, it is like owning a holiday cottage and then turning up one summer to find strangers living in it.....

Kat said...

Wow! Those sassy geese! Since when do geese "perch" up high? How bizarre. Fred must have been wondering what the heck was going on. And I can't believe the geese stayed there after he went after them. Crazy things.

Snaggle Tooth said...

If the geese stay I wonder what would happen getting the chicks into the water? That's a heck of a jump!